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Syria: Journalist and rights defender Ahmed Abdel-Qader survives second attempt on his life in Turkey

2016-06-17

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) strongly condemns the attempted killing of Syrian human rights defender and journalist Ahmed Abdel-Qader in Turkey. This is the second attempt on his life by the terrorist group Da’esh.

On 12 June, two gunmen riding a motorbike shot at the journalist three times, as reported by the news outlet “Eye on the Homeland”, which Abdel-Qader had founded in Syria and took with him into exile to Turkey. He is currently hospitalised and in stable condition, however, his life is still at risk since this is the second attempt on his life due to his vocal journalism. The attack was claimed by Da’esh on their ‘Amaq’ terrorist news agency. They already have claimed responsibility for killing several journalists, including Abdel-Qader’s brother, Ibrahim Abdel-Qader, in October 2015.

Ibrahim Abdel-Qader, was a co-founder of the award-winning activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), which has documented a lot of human rights violations, particularly by Da’esh.

As noted in GCHR’s 2016 report on human rights defenders at risk in Syria, “With the escalation of the conflict in Syria, there is an increased challenge to journalists exercising their rights to freedom of expression and association.” Even in Turkey, Syrian journalists who report on human rights violations, are not safe.

GCHR recommends that the Turkish security services  have to improve their protection of  journalists and human rights defenders in the country and ensure that they can work without hindrance or risk to their lives.

Photo credit: “Eye on the Homeland” https://www.facebook.com/eye.on.homeelaand/